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j_cdc_2016a_2016-06-06t15:13:48z3 Hearing Summary

Date: 06/06/2016



Final

CPW Overview Presentation and Property Transactions (3)



COMMITTEE ON CAPITAL DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE


Votes: View--> Action Taken:
Recommend support for the acquisition of a perpetu

Recommend support for the fee title acquisition of

Recommend support for the fee title disposition of
PASS

PASS

PASS







03:45 PM -- CPW Overview Presentation and Property Transactions (3)



Ms. Anne Kelson, Real Estate Section Manager, Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) within the Department of Natural Resources, provided an overview of the process by which CPW selects properties for potentially acquiring a real estate interest. Committee members received copies of the division's Wildlife Habitat Protection Program proposal form (Attachment E), the division's 2015 Strategic Plan (which may be found at: http://cpw.state.co.us/Documents/About/StrategicPlan/2015CPWStrategicPlan-11-19-15.pdf ), the division's State Wildlife Action Plan (which may be found at: http://cpw.state.co.us/aboutus/Pages/StateWildlifeActionPlan.aspx ), and the division's 2014 Colorado Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (which may be found at: http://cpw.state.co.us/aboutus/Pages/SCORP.aspx ). Ms. Kelson responded to questions regarding the approval process for CPW real estate projects.



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03:55 PM



Ms. Kelson continued to brief the committee on the process by which CPW prioritizes properties in which the division may seek a real estate interest to satisfy its parks mission. Ms. Kelson's presentation included examples of properties selected by CPW for acquisition. Ms. Kelson responded to questions regarding the analysis undertaken by the division in selecting properties. The committee watched a short video providing an example of a property acquisition. Ms. Kelson briefed the committee on the process by which CPW prioritizes properties in which the division may seek a real estate interest to satisfy its wildlife mission.





04:12 PM



Ms. Kelson responded to questions regarding whether plant species of concern are considered by CPW when considering properties in which to acquire a real estate interest, and a property acquisition recently approved by the committee. Ms. Kelson returned to briefing the committee on the wildlife-related property transaction decision-making process. The committee viewed a video about acquiring conservation easements for wildlife protection.





04:22 PM



Ms. Kelson continued to brief the committee on the property acquisition process for the protection of wildlife. The committee watched a video showing a landowner's perspective on wildlife conservation easements. Discussion ensued regarding a cost-benefit analysis for property acquisition by CPW, using the Staunton State Park Berrien Property Fee Title Acquisition proposal as an example.





04:35 PM



Discussion continued regarding comparing the costs and benefits of property acquisition by CPW. Mr. Renzo Delpiccolo, Area Wildlife Manager, presented the Cerro Reservoir Public Access Easement and Chipeta Lakes State Wildlife Area Disposition property transaction proposal. Committee members received a written description of the transaction, along with letters in support of the transaction, assembled by Legislative Council Staff (Attachment F). Mr. Delpiccolo responded to questions regarding the stocking of the reservoir.



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BILL: CPW Overview Presentation and Property Transactions (3)
TIME: 04:42:13 PM
MOVED: Sonnenberg
MOTION: Recommend support for the fee title disposition of the Chipeta Lakes State Wildlife Area (21 acres) in exchange for a permanent public access easement for Cerro Reservoir (160 acres). The motion passed on a vote of 5-0.
SECONDED:
VOTE
Becker K.
Yes
Brown
Excused
Kefalas
Yes
Sonnenberg
Yes
Esgar
Yes
Baumgardner
Yes
Final YES: 5 NO: 0 EXC: 1 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: PASS









04:43 PM



Mr. Lyle Sidener, Area Wildlife Manager for CPW, presented the Parsons-Brown Ranch Perpetual Conservation Easement property transaction proposal. Committee members received a written description of the proposal, along with letters supporting the transaction, assembled by Legislative Council Staff (Attachment G). Discussion ensued regarding maintenance costs for the subject property.



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BILL: CPW Overview Presentation and Property Transactions (3)
TIME: 04:48:31 PM
MOVED: Sonnenberg
MOTION: Recommend support for the acquisition of a perpetual conservation easement on the Parsons-Brown Ranch property ($3,630,132 CF for 2,773 acres). The motion passed on a vote of 4-1.
SECONDED:
VOTE
Becker K.
Yes
Brown
Excused
Kefalas
Yes
Sonnenberg
No
Esgar
Yes
Baumgardner
Yes
Final YES: 4 NO: 1 EXC: 1 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: PASS









04:49 PM



Mr. Zach Taylor, Staunton State Park Manager, and Ms. Margaret Taylor, CPW Assistant Director for Parks and Outdoor Recreation, presented a proposal to acquire the fee title interest in the Berrien property adjacent to Staunton State Park. Committee members received a written description of the proposal, along with letters in support of the proposal, assembled by Legislative Council Staff (Attachment H). Discussion ensued regarding the operating costs associated with acquiring the property, and the potential for the U.S. Forest Service to execute a land swap based on the acquisition of the Berrien property. Ms. Taylor recapped the benefits of acquiring the Berrien property.



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BILL: CPW Overview Presentation and Property Transactions (3)
TIME: 05:01:48 PM
MOVED: Sonnenberg
MOTION: Recommend support for the fee title acquisition of the Staunton State Park Berrien property ($560,000 CF for 160 acres). The motion passed on a vote of 3-2.
SECONDED:
VOTE
Becker K.
Yes
Brown
Excused
Kefalas
Yes
Sonnenberg
No
Esgar
Yes
Baumgardner
No
Final YES: 3 NO: 2 EXC: 1 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: PASS











05:02 PM



The committee adjourned.






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